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World AIDS Day 2012

World AIDS Day, December 1, 2012. Día Mundial del SIDA 1 de diciembre de 2012.

World AIDS Day (WAD) is observed annually on December 1. It was established by the World Health Organization in 1988 to provide individuals and organizations with an opportunity to demonstrate the importance of the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

In the United States, 1.2 million people are living with HIV infection and one in five of those people are unaware of their infection. Worldwide, the estimated number of people living with HIV is 34.2 million.

Join people from around the world in raising awareness about the fight against HIV and AIDS. Use the following resources as individuals or organizations to promote World AIDS Day.

Free Downloadable Posters and Materials
Twitter and Other Social Media
Facing AIDS
Web Tools
HIV/AIDS Service Providers
More Information and Resources
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bullet Free Downloadable Posters and Materials


Twitter and Other Social Media

Spread the word about WAD on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and your other social networks. When sharing on Twitter, use the hashtag #WAD2012.

Join the post-World AIDS Day Twitter chat with CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden on Tuesday, December 4 at 3 p.m. ET. Follow @DrFriedenCDC and use #CDCchat to participate.


Facing AIDS

Join the AIDS.gov Facing AIDS Campaign by taking these easy steps:

  1. Show how you are Facing AIDS
    • Download a Facing AIDS sign (PDF 157 KB) and tell why you are Facing AIDS
    • Take a photo of yourself holding your sign
    • Upload it
  2. On or before December 1, change your social network profile picture to your Facing AIDS photo and your status to:

    “I am Facing AIDS for World AIDS Day. To find an HIV test site, text your ZIP Code to “KnowIt” (566948), or visit http://HIVtest.cdc.gov. Join me and post this to your status today.”

  3. Share
    • Ask your family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors to join the campaign—share this postcard (PDF 1.5 MB)
    • Use the code below to place the Facing AIDS badge on your site
Join AIDS.gov in Facing AIDS   

Insert the code below into the BODY section of your page:


Web Tools

Mobile phone users can send a text message with their ZIP Code to KnowIt (566948) and receive a return text with an HIV testing site near them. Copy the HTML code below and paste it into your Web page and social networking sites. Get more badges, including Spanish options.

Know Your HIV Status… Text your zip code to KnowIt or 566948… to find HIV Test Centers near you. HIVtest.cdc.gov www.cdc.gov/mobile Know Your HIV Status… Text your zip code to KnowIt or 566948… to find HIV Test Centers near you. HIVtest.cdc.gov    

Insert the code below into the BODY section of your page:



HIV/AIDS Service Providers

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